World Cup - Sturridge strikes as England stroll to win over Peru

International friendly, Wembley Stadium - England 3 (Sturridge 32, Cahill 65, Jagielka 70) Peru 0

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England's Daniel Sturridge (C) celebrates scoring a goal during their international friendly match against Peru at Wembley Stadium (Reuters)

Daniel Sturridge scored a superb goal as England eased to a 3-0 win over Peru at Wembley.

England had Joe Hart to thank for a couple of crucial early saves, most notably from the lively Jean Deza, whose shot looped off Phil Jagielka and the Manchester City goalkeeper did well to make the save.

But England took the lead through Sturridge's fine individual strike, cutting in from the right and arrowing an unstoppable drive into the top corner, after Peru were caught asleep for Glen Johnson's quick throw.

Gary Cahill made it 2-0 with a header from Leighton Baines's corner, which the Chelsea defender steered inside the near post.

Peru had chances to make things difficult for England, but were wasteful in front of goal, with Deza unable to put away their best chance after Johnson needlessly surrendered possession, but Jagielka made the necessary block.

Jagielka then scored his second international goal, stabbing in from close range after Peru goalkeeper Fernandez dropped Baines's corner.

The result gives Roy Hodgson's side a morale-boosting win in their final game on home soil before the World Cup.


17' PERU CHANCE! Deza's shot loops off Jagielka and almost over Hart, who readjusts his position to make a good save.

32' GOAL! England 1-0 Peru - Sturridge puts England ahead with a fine strike! Picking up Johnson's throw, Sturridge shrugs off two challenges and clips it perfectly into the top corner. 1-0 England.

44' HART SAVES ENGLAND! Ramirez is sent clean through as England mis-time the offside trap - but Hart rushes off his line and saves well.

65' GOAL! England 2-0 Peru - Cahill makes it 2-0, nodding in Baines's corner.

70' GOAL! England 3-0 Peru - A gift for England as Fernandez drops Baines's corner and Jagielka stabs in from close range.



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England have now won their last seven warm up matches/friendlies in the run-up to international tournaments since 2006.

In fact, the last team to beat England in a warm up match for an international tournament were Uruguay in May 1990.

It’s nearly a year since Peru won their last international match – June 8th 2013 v Ecuador.


What does this tell us about England? Not a lot. This match continues the low key theme of England's preparations for the World Cup. Roy Hodgson will be encouraged to see Daniel Sturridge get on the scoresheet, given the injuries that troubled him at the end of last season. Other than that, this was not a night when Hodgson will have learned an awful lot about his team.


Daniel Sturridge (England) - There were few stand out candidates, but Sturridge just about gets it ahead of Joe Hart for his fine goal that got England moving. It was a brilliant strike but the Liverpool man, whose goals could make the difference for England in Brazil. Joe Hart deserves a mention for a couple of vital stops.


ENGLAND: Hart 8, Johnson 6, Baines 7, Jagielka 7, Cahill 7, Henderson 6, Gerrard 6, Lallana 6, Rooney 6, Welbeck 7, Sturridge 8. Subs: Wilshere 7, Sterling 7, Milner 6, Stones 6, Smalling 6, Barkley 7.

PERU: Fernandez 5, Rodriguez 6, Callens 6, Ramos 7, Advincula 6, Yotun 6, Cruzado 6, Ballon 6, Ramirez 7, Deza 7, Carrillo 6. Subs: Hurtado 6, Ruidiaz 6, Velarde 6, Flores 6, Riojas 6.


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